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Rollin’ With the Mayor!

This morning was the inaugural ride of the newly-formed Seminole Heights Bicycle Club here in central Tampa. We had about 60 riders of all ages and abilities today, and we were graced with the company of none other than Mayor Pam Iorio of the City of Tampa! She and her husband are both active cyclists and so they came along to experience a chilly, family-friendly ride around our historic neighborhood.

Me and the Mayor!!

First off, I must admit that I was already a HUGE fan of Mayor Pam — she is very personable and really gives me the impression that she tries to do whatever is best for the community at large, not just for her supporters. She’s had to make some really tough decisions of late as the Florida State Legislature has steadily chipped away at funding for local governments, and while these decisions certainly don’t please everyone, they appear to be well-considered. In any case, after this ride and the encouraging words she said to our group, the deal was sealed — Mayor Pam is awesome, and we’re lucky to have her looking out for the city!

Ok, enough fan-worship…on with the ride!

The group strings out...

Once again I was pressed into “sweeper duty”, making sure no one was left behind. The day started out chilly but warmed quickly. The ride was only 6 miles long — the whole idea of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club is to keep things community- and family-friendly. There will be longer rides scheduled for the more hardcore among us, but the bulk of our rides are for people of all ages.

At the midway point we were treated to free hot coffee and bottled water from the store manager of the Seminole Heights Starbucks…thanks, guys! That was mighty sweet of you!

Here’s the group in all our glory — 60 friendly faces who make our neighborhood a great place to live:

The group
picture by Alan Snel

Even my son’s trailer was a hit. Here is Grey demonstrating its features to a group of eager future cyclists:

trailer love

We’re looking forward to riding as a group again in a couple weeks, and I am VERY excited that this club has formed. We may not have a special guest every time, but the friends and neighbors involved in this club will make our get-togethers more than worthwhile. Events like this are yet another reason that the Seminole Heights area is renowned city-wide for its friendly, active residents.

I want to thank Alan and Mike for planting the seeds that got this club started, thanks to Mayor Pam for riding with us and pledging to do what she can to make Tampa a more bike-friendly city, and I want to give special thanks to my friend Ellen, who dropped back and gave me someone to chat with towards the end of the ride…being the sweeper can be a lonely chore!

More coverage of the ride (text and great photos and a video of the Mayor speaking to the group) can be found here and here.

Our Third SweetskinZ Winner

We’d like to congratulate our third winner in the Bikecommuters.com/SweetskinZ raffle, which was held at this year’s Bicycle Bash by the Bay.

Meet Dorian Sage of Palm Harbor, Florida — he won a pair of 26″ “Nightwing” tires. He came over to my house to pick them up and to talk about bikes. Here he is with the tires:

SweetskinZ winner

Congratulations to Dorian and to all our winners…we thank you for entering our raffle!

BikeCommuters Christmas Party

We had a Christmas Party this past Saturday and we invited some of our best buddies from the bike business. Folks like Russ Roca, Dominic Dougherty from Bike Station, Vince Calvillo of KHS Bicycles, Bryan and Greg from Evomo were all in attendance. And of course the rest of the California Edition of the Bicycle Bloggers staff.

You can see the video at MtnBikeRidersTV.com

Our Second SweetskinZ Winner

We’d like to congratulate Sara Palmer of St. Petersburg, Florida — our second SweetskinZ raffle winner to claim her prize of two 700c “Hazarea” tires.

Here she is with her prize:

We have another WINNER!!!

Sara commutes to and from work and school on a purple bike…these new tires are going to look AWESOME on that machine! We’re going to try to profile Sara and her daily commute soon, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, congratulations again, Sara — and thanks for entering our raffle!

And the Sweetskinz Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who signed up for our mailing list and entered the raffle to win a pair of Sweetskinz tires. It was great meeting you all at the Bicycle Bash by the Bay on Sunday!

Winners were chosen by a blindfolded 4-year-old (to keep things fair and objective!), and they are:

Lisa Abney (26″ pair)

Zachary Pena (700c pair)

Terri Lawley (26″ pair)

Sara Palmer (700c pair)

If you are one of the winners, please contact me at “ghostrider(over there at)bikecommuters(dot)com” — we’ll make arrangements to get the tires out to you and take your picture if you’ll let us!!

Thanks again to all the entrants for this raffle! Stay tuned for other prize giveaways in the coming days.